Category Archives: Blog

Middle-Wage Jobs Are Almost Back (2018 Job Polarization Update)

Job polarization is the academic term for when high-wage and low-wage jobs grow quickly while good-paying, family-wage jobs bear the brunt of recessions and don’t tend to come all the way back in expansions. Now, some of these changes in the labor market are good news, like the growth in high-wage jobs which has lead […]
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Future Economic Growth in Oregon | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Economic growth over the long run is determined by the number of workers and how productive they are. The main reason Oregon outperforms the typical state over the entire business cycle is our stronger population growth. In particular, the influx of young, skilled households boosts our economic potential as our working-age population increases faster than […]
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Bill that clarifies existence of bike lanes through intersections passes committee

Despite confusion from some lawmakers that led to an unexpectedly lengthy discussion prior to the vote, House Bill 2682 passed the Joint Committee on Transportation yesterday by a tally of 7-3. I’ve described this bill as a no-brainer; but because it involves bicycling, you just never know what some Oregon legislators will get hung up […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Made in Oregon: A Profile of the State’s Manufacturing Sector

Oregon-made products have secured a spot on store shelves around the country, and even the world. Some of these products have obvious Oregon roots, tasty things like marionberry jam, cheese, fine wines, and beers that say ‘Oregon’ right on the label. Some Oregon-made products remain out of view, however. For example, components in the device […]
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Why Is One of Oregon’s Top Polluters Asking for a Clean Energy Reward?

A bill moving through the Oregon Legislature would give one trash incineration company a financial reward that’s intended for clean energy producers. Environmental advocates are calling foul on the bill, and fighting to kill it before it goes to a vote. Senate Bill 451 would allow companies that produce electricity from trash incineration to receive renewable energy […]
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Oregon’s Income Distribution | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Oregon’s income gains this expansion are among the best in the nation, as our office has highlighted in recent years. The state’s median household income now matches the U.S. for the first time since the mills started closing in the 1980s. The single largest factor underlying this growth is the strong labor market. For individuals and households […]
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Oregon Exports, Strong Dollar and Trade Tensions

The Port of Portland, in conjunction with Business Oregon and our office, just put out a press release covering the latest trends for Oregon exports. There is a lot of good nuggets of information included in the release. Do read the whole thing. Our contribution largely related to the impacts, or lack thereof, of the tariffs […]
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Study Finds 88 Percent of Oregonians Want Youth Criminal Justice Reform

New polling data shows that most Oregonians agree the state’s laws around incarcerating kids are in dire need of improvement. A survey of 600 registered Oregon voters found that 88 percent of Oregonians want the state’s juvenile criminal justice system to focus more on “prevention and rehabilitation” than “punishment and incarceration.” Source: Study Finds 88 […]
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Every Year of Education Pays (Graph of the Week, Spring Break Edition) | Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

No need to bribe me for this edition of the Graph of the Week. That said, it is clear that every year of education pays off for individuals in the form of higher wages. Most of this is due to increased skills learned in the classroom and the types of jobs someone becomes qualified for. […]
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Oregon’s Job Growth 16th Fastest Among the States

Oregon had the 16th fastest job growth among the states from January 2018 to January 2019. Adding 29,500 jobs for a growth rate of 1.5 percent, Oregon’s respectable job growth was slower than first ranked Nevada (+3.9%), and neighboring Washington (+2.5%) and Idaho (+2.4%). California ranked 17th with a growth rate of 1.4 percent. Oregon’s […]
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